International Insights

In 2010, Brandon Stanton created his blog Humans of New York. This phenomenon of reporting the stories of average people has enlightened me. Stanton has met a number of human beings, many of whom have shared very intimate stories with him. This, to me, means he is the richest man in the world. I want to share students’ stories in the same way. In this blog, I’ll share the stories of international students at Kent State.

University Oaks

Written by Christina Bucciere on . Posted in Housing

University Oaks

Photo by Kristi Garabrandt.

Address: 500 Golden Oaks Drive

Phone: 330-736-1610

Office hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Web: universityoaks-kent.com

The up: Great location with bus transportation close-by

The down: Parking and electric are not included in rent

Our call: Splurge for parking — there are plenty of spaces, and residents can almost always park right near their building.

If you’re looking for a “home away from home,” University Oaks might be your ideal location. The units are clean, spacious and warmly-decorated with the curb appeal a mom would appreciate. While the exclusion of parking and electricity from your monthly bill is frustrating, the minute-long walk to campus is well worth the extra hassle.

The 15-building complex is located on the corner of Loop and Horning roads, across from Tri-Towers. The units are newly renovated, featuring updated kitchen appliances, wood floors, common areas and attached porches or balconies. Residents have 24-hour access to the 10,000 square-foot clubhouse, located in the center of the complex, that features a swimming pool, exercise room, study lounge, coffee bar, billiards room, sauna, tanning beds and seasonal patio. A 24-hour laundry facility is also located in the clubhouse. The management office offers a roommate-matching service that requires all those who sign a lease to also fill out a profile that future and potential residents can look over to find people of similar interests.

Pets: Pet friendly, but must be 30 pounds or less. Pets require a $300 non-refundable down payment to cover any future damage and a fee of $30 per month. Management will also conduct a “pet interview” to make sure the pet is friendly, and they will need to see veterinary records to prove the animal has updated shots and is spayed or neutered.

Parking: Parking not included (standard parking available for $15 per month and garage parking $30 per month, first-come, first-served)

Rent: 1 bed/1 bath $779, 2 bed/1 bath $555, 3 bed/1 ½ bath $515, 3 bed/2 bath $520 (all utilities included except electric, fully furnished)
*Rent is monthly, per bedroom